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The Hypothetical versus the Fictional

Liu, Chuang (2014) The Hypothetical versus the Fictional. [Preprint]

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In this essay I argue against the idea that modeling in science is analogous to fiction making in literary works by pointing out that a typical move in the former, which is widely acknowledged in philosophy literature as a signal for fictionalization, is never present in works of fiction (not even in science fiction). I further argue that the reason for such a disparity is profound and profoundly against conceiving modeling as fictionalization. I then explain the difference between the hypothetical and the fictional, and argue that modeling in science belongs to the former.

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Item Type: Preprint
Liu, Chuang
Keywords: model, fiction, methodology
Subjects: General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Depositing User: Chuang Liu
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2014 15:51
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2014 21:38
Item ID: 10162
Journal or Publication Title: European Journal for Philosophy
Publisher: Springer
Subjects: General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Date: 2014

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